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Atascadero gets Korean fusion restaurant 


KOCHI BBQ Atascadero

Kochi Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu is slated to open on Jan. 1, 2016, in Atascadero.

New eatery will open on New Year’s Day

–After many years of standing vacant, the old Hoover’s restaurant location in Atascadero will become the home of Kochi Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu, a Korean fusion eatery, when it opens on New Year’s Day. The owners also operate Kai Lana Sushi on the north end of Atascadero.

The new restaurant is in a 11,000-square-foot building with 5,500 square feet for the dining room. The first floor has a vast range of seating – including a kids lounge that will have books and toys – a wine cellar and bakery. The second floor will house a banquet room for special events.

Kochi Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu got the “OK” to open the first floor last week, though improvements are still happening outside the restaurant. Reservations are being taken for opening day by emailing Gift certificates are available at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce office next door to the restaurant, according to Kochi Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu’s Facebook page,

“We are excited to have an opportunity to serve SLO county with good and quality Korean [barbecue] and Asian fusion food,” the restaurant says on its Facebook page. The owners were not available for comment.

Each table has a grill for individual cooking.

Each table has a grill for individual cooking.

The restaurant hosted the Atascadero Chamber After Hours mixers on Nov. 19, sharing some of the food it will be serving as well as showing off the location at 6900 El Camino Real.

“We have a variety of food choices of authentic Korean food with exotic traditional Korean dishes, equipped with the self-cooking BBQ grill on each table, providing freshly cooked meat and vegetables,” says a description of the business in the chamber’s business directory. “We serve shabu-shabu, where you can enjoy thinly sliced prime rib eyes cooked in a vegetable broth.”

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese style cook-your-own meal. The broth arrives first and can be placed on the table’s burner to be brought to a boil and then it is lowered to cook the vegetables and meat.

The restaurant will include a kids lounge that will have books and toys.

The restaurant will include a kids lounge that will have books and toys.

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